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SD Drain® Tile receives elevation data from your RTK-GPS receiver and automatically outputs signals to the hydraulics controlling your tile plow. An optional slope sensor allows for extra input data. If your plow allows, SD Drain Tile can independently control the pitch and depth of your plow as opposed to flying your plow through the ground using pitch only control.
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The first thing you do in the field is survey the tile run by driving the tile path with the plow up in the air. As you survey, SD Drain Tile will automatically capture elevation points to create a survey line. The survey line will be displayed on screen as you drive the path. When the survey is completed, SD Drain Tile will automatically generate a plan for the tile run as you drop the plow in into the starter hole. This plan will show the proposed tile line as well as minimum and maximum depth guides for the tile.
Before you start your tile run, you have the option to manipulate how the final tile design will look. You can manipulate the tile design by changing the minimum or maximum slope values, as well as the desired depth of the tile. You can also remove points in the survey pass. As an example, if you drive over a ditch and you would like the tile to be laid shallower in the ditch bottom, you can delete points on either side of the ditch.
While tiling, if the plow deviates from the expected tile path, SD Drain Tile will automatically flag that location. This action can be caused by hitting an object in the field or manually raising the plow because of a broken piece of tile. If you need to dig out a rock, the program will visually guide you back to the proper depth and you will be able to continue the existing tile run.
SD Drain Tile allows you to put a shortcut on your screen that will let you change the tile size and/or the type of tile you are putting in the ground without stopping the plow. With a few clicks you can easily document changes in tile size on the go.
You can load a georeferenced background image into SD Drain for an overhead view of the field you are working on. Such maps are useful to show you where you are in the field, the topography, or determine where tile will be placed in the field.
Benchmarks are used to compensate for GPS drift. GPS drift can happen when you power down a portable RTK-GPS base station. Portable base stations often use a quick average to calculate their location and this quick average my not be the same from day to day. By driving to a certain known point with your scraper, and capturing a benchmark, you now have the ability to return to that same location and recall that known point, correcting for any GPS drift.
Guide lines can be imported into SD Drain Tile. These lines will show up as a layer in the overhead view and will stack on top of any background image. Just click or tap on the line to select it. Either type can have specific parameters associated with the line that will over-ride the default parameters of the program for that specific line. Guidance lines are used to guide you over a proposed tile run when you are driving your survey pass. Survey lines are just that, pre-made survey passes. Survey passes can only be used when you recall a benchmark that was created when the field was surveyed prior to creating the lines in ADMS. Simply select the survey line, put your plow in the hole and go.
After you drive a survey pass of your ditch, you can choose to simulate a single slope laser. SD Drain will create a straight, single slope tile run. You also have the option to just set the grade in the simulated laser and install tile without driving a survey pass.
The Ruggon PX-501B Tablet has a sunlight readable, high resolution WUXGA (1920x1200) touchscreen display. The battery works as a UPS so no worries if you lose power because of a tractor stall. With the wireless DAC 8000 interface installed, the only thing you need to plug into the PX501B is the power cable. Comes with rugged carrying case and RAM mounting hardware.
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The DAC 8000 is a wireless multi-valve control module. Communication between the Ruggon PX-501B Tablet PC and the DAC 8000 is achieved via a custom dedicated wireless interface. On a standard ditching system, the DAC 8000 will pass RTK-GPS data to the control computer and then automatically control your plow depth via your tractor’s existing Selectable Control Valve (SCV). Supported SCV control for John Deere, CNH, and Challenger A & B series tractors.
No need to add another DAC 8000 if you want to add more control to your plow. The DAC 8000 has the power to control up to 3 valves of various types, simultaneously. It can also receive inputs from up to two slope sensors, as well as the RTK-GPS signal. It’s all the control you’ll need - in one unit.